Where All Things Are Possible
McMurry’s main corporate campus in Phoenix is far off the beaten path from the business-as-usual grind most workers see in the publishing capital of the world, Manhattan. “It’s the kind of a city where all things are possible,” McMurry says of the Arizona capital.
McMurry’s corporate promise, “A better place, a better way,” may sound like the same old slogan most companies toss out to employees, but at McMurry, the motto is a real goal employees strive to fulfill.
“We’re motivated to be the best at everything we do,” McMurry says. “Every business that’s going to be a success has to have a spirit and a soul. Businesses that don’t succeed don’t have that.”
The company’s motivation to be the best is working in at least one area. Its ranking as Publishing Executive’s “Best Magazine Publishing Company to Work For” isn’t the only recognition the company has earned for its work environment. Earlier this year, McMurry also landed on a prestigious list as one of the “10 Best Places to Work in the United States” for companies under 250 employees, by the Society for Human Resources Management and the Great Place to Work Institute—the same group who determines Fortune’s similar list.
According to McMurry, the company also scored well where it really matters—the company’s most recent Best/Worst Survey. On a scale of one to five of how happy the staff is with their jobs––with five being “very happy, thrilled”––the average score collected was 4.06.
“Eighty-six percent said it was the best job they ever had,” McMurry says of this year’s results. “It was 72 percent when we started the survey.”
So, what is the secret to this Shangri-la of workplaces? It’s a value system that’s much more than lip service.
From the days when McMurry’s father, Preston V. McMurry Jr. (now semi-retired and serving as chairman of the McMurry board as well as its charitable representative) began the firm in the ’80s, there have been eight values each employee has been bound to live up to: Do the right thing; help one another; deliver raving service; produce quality always; exceed expectations; embrace change; accept social responsibility; and earn a reasonable profit.
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